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Test and Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics and Weapons Systems
Author: Robert McShea

Copyright: 2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 800
ISBN: 9781891121906
List Price: $149.00

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This unique book serves as both text and practical reference for all personnel involved in avionics and weapons system evaluation and testing, in the air and on the ground. Whether you are training pilots and personnel or actually planning to test systems, this book will provide you with the fundamentals and practical information you need to get the job done.

The book is a compilation of experiences and methods from over 25 years in the business and interaction with Test Pilots and Test Engineers over the last 15 years as an Instructor/Director at the National Test Pilot School in Mojave, California. The book was also reviewed by a dozen voluntary experts from the military and industry to ensure all critical components are covered properly. Their comments and suggestions were integrated into the text toward the goal of creating this invaluable textbook and companion to the fighter or heavy aircraft test team, no matter their geographical location.

Lessons learned, good and bad, are addressed in each chapter so readers can avoid the pitfalls common to test and evaluation of these systems. Exercises at the end of each chapter provide instructors with the ability to reinforce critical concepts and all the "war stories" in the book are true.

"Bob McShea was one of my instructors at the National Test Pilot School and I learned about his book project years ago. I am very excited that his book is available. He is a great instructor!" - Dieter Reisinger, Aviation Experts, Austria

Key Features
Every chapter covers test and evaluation procedures with the following theme:
* Basic introduction to the system and theory of operation
* Method of test and flight techniques
* Pitfalls of testing and errors to avoid
* Lessons learned
* Selected questions to reinforce critical points

* Flight Test Engineers
* Program Managers
* Aerospace Workers (Military, Commercial)
* Flight Test Range and Instrumentation Support Personnel
* Military Flight Test Centers

Community Reviewers
Our sincerest thanks to the volunteer reviewers who gave their time and enormous efforts to deliver critical reviews and suggestions to this book. Some are not listed due to confidentiality concerns.

* Joseph Brady, Senior Project Engineer - The Aerospace Corporation
* J.J. Campbell, President - JJ Campbell, LLC
* Kernan Chaisson, USAF Retired, Washington Editor - Forecast International
* G. Richard Curry - Consulting in Radar System Applications
* Maj. Jerry Demetriadis (Retired) CD - CAE Professional Services
* Alan Hickling - Missile Defense Agency
* Miles Hovius, Systems Engineer, F-22 System Effectiveness - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
* Vernon Gordon, Senior Airborne Instructor - Naval Test Pilot School
* Michael W. Marks, C.P.L., Mission Support Manager - Raytheon, Warner Robins
* Al Teeney - System Planning Corporation
* Bradley Thayer - Institute for Defense Analyses

TABLE OF CONTENTS (Use the Explore button to see the full TOC)
1. What is Avionics Flight Test and Why Do We Need It?
2. Time, Space, Position Information TSPI
3. Mil-Std-1553 and Digital Data Busses Data Reduction and Analysis
4. Communications Flight Test
5. Navigation Systems
6. Part 23/25 Avionics Civil Certifications
7. Electro-optical and Infrared Systems
8. Radio Detection and Ranging � RADAR
9. Electronic Warfare
10. Air-to-Air/Air-to-Ground Weapons Integration
11. A Typical Avionics Integration Flight Test Program


Robert McSheaRobert McShea, is the Director, Avionics and Systems Academic Programs at the National Test Pilot School, Mojave, CA. He is responsible for the formulation, preparation and instruction of all Avionics and Weapons Systems taught at the school. Mr. McShea was formerly employed as a Senior Technical Specialist at the Northrop-Grumman Corporation in Palmdale, California. His primary responsibilities include the integration, development and test requirements definition for the B2 RADAR. Prior to that assignment, he was employed by the Grumman Corporation in Calverton Long Island as a Group Manager for Avionics and Weapons Systems Test, Test and Evaluation Department. His responsibilities included the development and test of new and upgraded avionics and weapons systems. A collateral duty involved the development of lectures on Flight Test Methodology and Requirements presented to potential FMS customers.

Past positions within Grumman include: Project Engineer, F14D Super Tomcat, Lead Test Conductor and Team Leader, F14D upgrade, Research Engineer, Inertially Guided Technology Demonstrator, and Lead Vehicle Systems Test Engineer, X29A Forward Swept Wing Technology Demonstrator. Mr. McShea was formerly a Captain in the US Air Force flying as a Weapons Systems Officer in the F4 C/D/E aircraft. He has presented and published papers for AIAA: Flight Testing of the X29A Technology Demonstrator and SFTE Symposium Advanced Techniques in Avionics Systems Flight Test.

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